Welcome to Stamford
Since our founding in 1532, Stamford has been in a near-constant state of evolution as we adapt and develop to meet the needs of our students.
We are, at the time of writing, undertaking the next great step in our journey. From September 2023, Stamford will become a co-educational school. This is a natural and timely progression from our current status as a diamond school, where students are educated separately between the ages of 11-16, and we are really excited about what this change will mean for our students.
Stamford will be transformed. A dynamic, vibrant, modern and exciting school, built on the strengths of five centuries of learning, but with an unswerving focus on preparing our students for 2030 and beyond. Becoming fully co-educational frees us to change our structures, systems and approaches, and transform the impact of every hour our students spend with us.
At heart, Stamford will retain all of the features that make it such a happy, welcoming and successful school. Our students leave Stamford as rounded and grounded young people, and that’s exactly as it should be. Our strategy – to focus on academic ambition, pastoral excellence, and delivering world-class preparation for the future – is designed to support that vital purpose, and will continue to do so.
We want to forge a new culture, that combines the best of both of our senior schools, and draws not just on our heritage, but on the expertise and the vision of our staff, and the ambitions and passions of our students, to create a school which is set up for every child’s future. A school which really enables our students to become the best version of themselves. This is a journey, and all of us – staff, parents, students and Old Stamfordians – will travel it together, as our School – and our students – become even better, stronger, and more agile.
In May 2022, the Governors of the Stamford Endowed Schools confirmed that Stamford will become fully co-educational at all stages. Find out more by reading our FAQs at stamfordcoed.org
Heads of School
Stamford is currently structured in the “diamond” model, in which children are taught in single-sex classes between the ages of 11-16.
Each School is led by its own Head and Senior Leadership Team. Mr Matthew O’Reilly is Head of Stamford Junior School; Mrs Vicky Buckman is Head of Stamford High School, and Mr Nick Gallop is Headmaster of Stamford School. Mr Will Phelan is Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools.
Head of Stamford Nursery School
Head of Stamford High School
Head of Stamford School
All three of the schools have their own campus and facilities just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Stamford. Although each has its own character and traditions, they share an ethos: to build a team around our students, to light fires in them, and to develop the Stamfordian spirit.
Our schools have been part of the town of Stamford for almost five centuries, but our educational philosophy is focused on preparing young people to lead happy, fulfilling lives in the 21st century.